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caused the faa to furlough worker. >> entirely utterly unnecessary. >> republicans argue the white house has the flexibility to avoid this and should cut waistful programs they say the president has an agenda. >> to try to convince the american people that there are no circumstances under which we can ever cut spending at all. >> democrats defend the faa saying it had no choice. >> congress enacted it in law. it was a cool act of 2011. the vast majority of republicans voted for them. >> the faa says it won't risk safety. air traffic controllers means fewer planes in the air. the faa tells me staffing reduction has delayed 1600 flights in the past two delays. >> delays will be bad for business and frustrating for families and devastating for the economy. >> with no other budget in place delays could continue for at least another 5 months. >> this is no way to run this government. >> and the faa warns the flight delays effecting the entire country will only get worse as the summer travel season approaches. in washington keyly campbell ktvu channel 2 news. >> got officials who wanted steam
travelers at some of the nation's busiest airports. yesterday alone the faa said there were more than 400 flight delays nationwide. 47,000 faa workers must take furlough days, including 15,000 air traffic controllers, losing one day of work every other week. that's a 10% reduction in staffing. >> when 70% of your budget of your operating budget is personnel, you cannot avoid when the cuts are as deep as they are in the sequester, the kinds of actions that are taken. >> today the transportation department says it's considering a request from the airline industry to temporarily suspend the delay rule in light of these furloughs. that rule prohibits airlines from keeping passengers on the tarmac for more than three hours. here in the bay area, an average of three air traffic controllers are scheduled to be furloughed in san francisco, oakland and san jose. officials say so far they haven't seen significant delays due to the furloughs here. however, the faa tells us los angeles international experienced delays of more than three hours for some arriving flights last night and that ended up cau
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